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best/most authentic tomato pie in NY/NJ/PA?

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I'd love to know the history of the tomato pie, and places to find authentic/great pies.
I've read about Alfred's, Marchiano's, Downstairs at Bellevue, Marucas, and Papa's. And I've been to DeLorenzo's (delicious, obviously, which is why I am searching for more). I'm guessing the tomato pie business is bigger than I realize. yes? no?
am I correct that a true tomato pie is one without cheese, or with cheese below the sauce?
is Trenton the birthplace and everything else an offshoot?
thanks for your help

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  1. What is tomato pie? I've never actually heard of it.

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    1. re: hangrygirl

      Here is a good article describing regional pizza styles. See the entry on "Trenton Tomato Pies"

      http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

      1. re: cranrob

        great link. thanks

    2. If you want authentic you have to go to Roseto PA. The best is actually from a cater. Here's the website.

      http://www.jdefrancoanddaughters.com/

      1. L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn, NY has great pizza like you describe. I had no clue it was called Tomato Pie.

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        1. re: love2cookmb

          I've been to Spumoni Gardens, and as someone who frequents Trenton Tomato Pie places, Spumoni Gardens is nothing like it. It is very good though in it's own way.

          1. re: cranrob

            spumoni gardens - the slices in question - are really more sicilian than tomato pie, I think.